Paul Wright: Arcadia

Further to my previous post, Paul Wright’s film Arcadia is now on general theatrical release around the country. The promotional campaign involves a dedicated site and this interesting interview by Adam Scovell with the film-maker, wherein the motives and influences for the film are discussed.

The new trailer with its collision’s of archival footage is like a high speed rush through Jeremy Deller’s brain.  Pre-WWII footage of the Britain the likes of John Betjeman romanticised is juxtaposed with scenes from rural folk practices, street carnivals and strobe-lit raves.

It all comes together to remind us what a strange place this country was and still is, once you get away from the homogenised metropolitan enclaves and into the overlooked margins.

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